MK confirms: Israel killed Samir Kuntar

An MK indicated for the first time Saturday that Israel was responsible for the assassination of Hezbollah-allied terrorist Samir Kuntar in Syria last December. Asked in an interview whether the December 2015 assassination of the terror chief was great achievement for Israel, Omer Bar-Lev said: Absolutely

During a town hall meeting in Beer sheva, Zionist Union MK Omer Bar-Lev was asked about the Lebanese Shi’ite group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, in the wake of recent threats to attack chemical facilities in Haifa.

“I would not recommend to Nasrallah that he leave his bunker,” the lawmaker, a former commander of the elite reconnaissance commando unit Sayeret Matkal, said. “Why? Because he’s an enemy, and he’s a target. He needs to be a target, so on a personal level I would advise him to look after himself.”

When the moderator of the discussion asked if Nasrallah would be targeted “at the earliest possible opportunity, just like Samir Kuntar,” Bar-Lev tried to dance around the subject.

“I certainly do not want to make operational statements of the kind,” Bar-Lev said.

Moments later, Bar-Lev was asked if the Kuntar killing could be considered “a tremendous success for Israel.”

“Yes, certainly,” the lawmaker replied.

Kuntar was killed this past December when a number of rockets hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana in the early morning hours.

Syria’s state media, which did not mention Kuntar, blamed “terrorist groups” for the attack and said it caused casualties.

But government loyalists said the explosions were an Israeli strike believed to have killed Kuntar, who is reviled in Israel for a 1979 attack that killed four people.

Israel released Kuntar, a Druse, in 2008 as part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah and he is believed to have joined the group since.

He was welcomed as a hero in Beirut and he married a Lebanese Shi’ite woman from a Hezbollah family.